Gatlinburg Journals

Insider's guide the Great Smoky Mountains

A June 2004 trip to Gatlinburg by gexx

Downtown Gatlinburg Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: Gatlinburg is the tourist mecca of the Bible Belt. It's kitschy and crowded, but fun is still possible. The mountains are right there, and nearby towns contain undiscovered gems. I moved here in June of 2004, so trust me in guiding you to the best places.

Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center

Hotel | "Park Vista Resort Hotel"

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Okay, I'll admit right away that I booked my room on www.expedia.com for $60 each night. My room wasn't great. The living part was clean, and the two full-size beds were made up neatly. The bathroom, however, had a long crack in the tub that was black with mildew. The sliding glass door to the balcony and the balcony were ill-constructed, and when we had a thunderstorm one night, the carpet around the door was soaked from water flooding the balcony. All of that was livable, though, especially considering that this was Gatlinburg on Memorial Day weekend. And I was in the process of moving into my new house. The view from our 7th-floor room was very, very nice; I could see all of Gatlinburg (not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center
705 Cherokee Orchard Rd
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(877) 814-9408

Downtown Gatlinburg

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Downtown Gatlinburg Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Just downtown is a sight in itself. The crowds lend themselves to people-watching. The trolley system is a fairly efficient way to get around downtown, to the craft community, and to Pigeon Forge/Sevierville.

I'm reminded of the midway at a fair--candy apples, corndogs, and sideshows.

During the winter (about October), they put up Christmas lights. In mid-January, they add hearts to the lights in honor of Valentine's Day. By the end of February, they're still up.

It's a part of Gatlinburg that is unavoidable, but if you keep your driving to a minimum and use crosswalks, it's dealable.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

Downtown Gatlinburg
Downtown Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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As my friend and I put it, it's definitely a fun thing to do, but we would never pay for it. In fact, we received the tickets as a tip at the restaurant we worked at. (The people were leaving that night and hadn't been able to make it there.) I still would have rather had the cash, but it gave me an excuse to go. I think that it was a little small, especially for the price. The fish, however, were very interesting. They had salt-water fish like rays, sharks, seahorses, and the like. They also had fresh-water fish like piranhas. The big selling point of the aquarium is definitely its walk-through plexiglass aquarium. The fish swim over and around you.I went on a Tuesday mor...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 5, 2005

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 430-8808

Hogs & Honey's Saloon & Grill

Attraction | "Hogs & Honey's"

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H&H is more or less a Coyote Ugly with a smaller bra wall. The girls and bartenders dance on the bar, and sometimes they get paid. The music ranges from country to Top 40, reflecting its patronage. A good time can be had if a good crowd is gathered.

The drinks are average, never overly strong. Service is not the best, however, as it always seems understaffed.

It is 21+ only after 9pm.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

Hogs & Honey's Saloon & Grill
745 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-8515